Almost a year ago, Archie Comics launched a Kickstarter for three upcoming books, and then quickly abandoned that plan. The first of those books, Jughead, came out last year to great acclaim. Today, Archie has officially announced the coming release of the other two titles, Life with Kevin and Betty and Veronica.
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Viz Media has announced that it will continuing its efforts to republish all of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga in lavish, oversized, full-color editions with the first volume of the legendary Freeza Arc, available in print and digital on May 3.
The classic storyline, which initially ran from 1990-1991, sees Gohan, Krillin and Bulma head to the planet Namek to find Dragon Balls to revive their friends. They learn that the all-powerful alien warlord Freeza is after them --- as is the terrifying Vegeta --- and the hunt is on.
Crossovers are all the rage at Dark Horse this year, as the publisher announced two huge new miniseries at Emerald City Comicon this past weekend, mixing up its licensed properties with those of publishers such as Boom Studios and 2000 AD, with Judge Dredd crossing over with some familiar alien threats, and Tarzan paying a visit to a very familiar planet. Dark Horse also unveiled a brand new ongoing series from Rat Queens writer Kurtis Wiebe and newcomer Mindy Lee, which has been described as Rat Queens in space!
Adult coloring books are all the rage, and appropriately comics publishers have taken notice and are capitalizing on the trend. Recently DC Comics had a month long coloring book-themed variant cover initiative, and now Archaia is going one step further, publishing the Mouse Guard Coloring Book --- and we’ve got an exclusive preview of some of the illustrations by series creator David Petersen.
Hajime Isayama’s Attack On Titan has been one of the biggest crossover hits in modern manga, with a successful anime series, movies, video games and more spinning off from the original manga. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world where society lives behind giant walls to keep the monstrous Titans at bay, and follows members of the military who seek to keep their cities safe from the Titan threat.
This October, Kodansha Comics USA will release an Attack On Titan Anthology, featuring some of the best creators from the worlds of manga and western comics, and we’ve got exclusive pages from the likes of Michael Avon Oeming, Evan Dorkin, and the Batgirl team of Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr.
What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more - but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance have got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, and so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made - it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!
Way back in 2005, James Kochalka launched SuperF*ckers at Top Shelf as a four-issue miniseries, and it was fantastic. If you've never read it, it's essentially a parody of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes that takes the idea of super-powered teenagers forming a club so that they can hang out with each other (and exclude everyone who doesn't mean their relatively arbitrary standards of having cool powers) and combines it with the very true fact that teenagers can be genuinely horrible people. So ...
King Kong is back! The giant ape who first appeared on the silver screen in 1933 (and survived inferior remakes in 1976 and 2005) will star in a six issue Boom Studios miniseries by writer James Asmus and artist Carlos Magno. Kong of Skull Island is a prequel to Merian C. Cooper's original novel and is grounded in Joe DeVito's prose story, Skull Island. It tells a new story about two giant apes clashing, even as two different civilizations must learn to live together on Skull Island, long before Carl Denham and Ann Darrow arrive.
Last year, Oni Press opened their submission policy to anybody interested in pitching, and was inundated with over 2,500 creators seeking to have their work published by Oni. This weekend at Emerald City Comic Convention, Oni announced five of the books that will be published thanks to this initiative
The first comic to be published via Oni’s open submission initiative was Natalie Riess’ Space Battle Lunchtime, which is released next month. There are plans to publish ten titles in total as a result of the initiative, with four more to be announced at a later date.
In the mid-eighties, DC Comics tried a bizarre experiment known as the DC Challenge, a story told by twelve different creative teams over twelve comics, with the catch being that each issue would end on a cliffhanger that the next team would have to get themselves out of. Announced at Emerald City Comic Con, DC is reviving the series in the form of Kamandi Challenge, thirteen creative teams over twelve issues telling one complete story with the classic Jack Kirby character, Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth.
The original DC Challenge featured the likes of Elliot S! Maggin, Mike W. Barr, Dave Gibbons, Gene Colan and so many more legendary creators. and featured the additional caveat that they could use any DC Comics characters, except ones they were currently working with elsewhere. The series culminated in a jam-packed final issue which was divided among six of the previous creative teams.